Why you should be excited

Stearns is a late 19th century apple from New York that works well both for fresh-eating and cooking.

The story of Stearns

If you line up a Stearns apple beside another New York State introduction, Esopus Spitzenberg, you may be surprised to learn that they have more than just a home state in common.

Spitzenberg also happens to be Stearns' mother, despite the fact that they don't look much alike.

While their appearance might not lead you to make such a connection, their flavour might do more to convince you that the two are related, as Stearns shares Spitz's rich, savoury flavour and nice balance of sweetness and acidity.

So, yes, the hulking yellowish-green Stearns really is the child of the bright red -- and more modestly-sized -- Esopus Spitzenberg. And they're both most certainly worth giving a try.

Stearns Facts

Its origins

Started from a seed in North Syracuse, New York, USA in the 1880; First recorded in 1900.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Thia juicy apple has an excellent balance of sweet and tart, plus a good savoury flavour.


A very large green-skinned apple that can be slightly misshapen.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking


Keeping ability

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).